The air is crisp and the leaves are falling. So it’s the perfect time for a fall blog hop.
The Warp & Weft Sewing Society have all pitched in to showcase the latest fabric collection by Canadian surface designer Elizabeth Owen. The collection is called Wildwood, and it’s a really quite pretty. The inspiration for the collection was the wild woods of story books, so I was excited to see what would be in my Warp & Weft delivery.
I decided to start with the story of Hansel and Gretel for inspiration, and so I made an outfit for my own “Gretel”, Kid No 1.
I made a simple panel skirt in Essex linen. The pattern is from Collection privée filles & garçons by Atsuko Maruyama and Noriko Onoda (a French translation of the Japanese pattern book シンプル＆デサイン おんなの子服 おとこの子服 ). The book contains 27 patterns available in sizes 90-140 cm. I made the “#12 Jupe à panneaux” (panel skirt) in size 120. Then I used the Wildwood print to make a matching blouse, McCall’s 6388, using some blue solid for contrast.
And of course Gretel needs a bag to carry her breadcrumbs, so I added a small satchel, the “#7 Sac tube” (tube bag), also from Collection privée filles & garçons. The bag is made in linen and lined with the Wildwood print.
That meant that only one thing was missing – birds! I couldn’t count on the local wildlife to pop in for my photo shoot, so I made three little birds using the pattern from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, and the leftover scraps from the other pieces.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the other amazing sewists on our blog hop!
Warp & Weft Wildwood Blog Hop
September 26 – Carla from My 1/2 Dozen Daily
September 27 – Cynthia from Cynthiaf
September 28 – Lysa from Lysa Flower
September 29 – Cathy from Blueberry Patch
September 30 – Esmari from Warp & Weft
October 1 – Me!
October 2 – Heidi from Elegance & Elephants
October 3 – Sherri from Thread Riding Hood
- Blouse: McCall’s 6388 available in sizes 2-8, but now out-of-print. I made the size 6.
- Skirt and bag: From Collection privée filles & garçons by Atsuko Maruyama and Noriko Onoda (a French translation of the Japanese pattern book シンプル＆デサイン おんなの子服 おとこの子服 ). The book contains 27 patterns available in sizes 90-140 cm. I made the “#12 Jupe à panneaux” (panel skirt) in size 120, and the “#7 Sac tube” (tube bag).
- Bird ornament: From Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.
- Full Bloom in Indigo from the Wildwood collection by Elizabeth Olwen for Cloud9 Fabrics, courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.
- Essex linen in Natural by Robert Kaufman Fabrics, also courtesy Warp & Weft Exquisite Textiles.
Sewing Level: Confident beginner.
Modifications: I shortened the skirt, by 2″.
9 thoughts on “Forest Birds – A Wildwood Blog Hop”
These projects turned out beautifully, Shannon! I especially like the tube bag – I could really do with one of those today seeing as I’m traveling and need a bag that can fit a lot but fold away small too!
And the birdies remind me of something my mom made when I was still in primary school – she made a similar garland of birds which used to hang in our kitchen window. Feeling very nostalgic now and really looking forward to spending some time with my parents next week! Thanks so much for the beautiful post!
Thanks for the compliments. The tube bag is really great. It’s very unstructured, but that’s perfect for kids and travelling. And that is so funny! I also had a garland of birds as a child – though not handmade. It used to hang in my bedroom. Glad you like the post!
Very nice choices for patterns. The linen and blue look amazing together. And such great photos! 🙂
Thank you so much for the compliments. Glad you like them.
So adorable, the top, the bag, the birdies! I know I couldn’t fit into the top but I’m pretty sure I could use a bag like that!
Sherri’s right that linen looks spectacular with that blue.
Thank you! Yes, the bag is very handy! And also quite a lot easier to sew than any bag I’ve made before. It’s a good thing I made a blue quilt this year – I had all the blues to choose from. Thanks so much for the compliments!
I swear, you must have the BEST dressed kids bar none! lol! This is such a sweet outfit, I love the cut of the blouse, so adorable!! 🙂